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After the November election, a look at efforts to improve voter engagement in Northeast Ohio

A sign for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections stands on the street.
Tim Harrison
Ideastream Public Media
A sign for the Cuyahoga County Board of Elections stands on the street.

Among other high-income countries, voter turnout in U.S. elections, which was 62% in 2020, is below average, especially when compared to some of our peers, like Sweden and Belgium, with turnout at 78% or higher.

Though off-year elections typically get lower turnout, two major statewide issues on the ballot last week made statewide turnout on par with last year's midterm elections, according to the Secretary of State's office.

But it also highlighted areas with consistently low turnout, like Cleveland, with almost 29% turnout, which was far behind Cuyahoga County's 45%.

Last month, Innovation Ohio released a report digging into the 2.7 million people sitting out of Ohio's elections. It found roughly 1 in 5 inactive voters are Black, and 64% are younger than 50. And many unregistered voters live near the three big cities in Ohio — Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati.

On Tuesday's "Sound of Ideas," we will talk to two local experts about efforts to engage voters in Cleveland and elsewhere, and look ahead to 2024, which will feature a presidential election.

Later in this hour, we'll talk about a PBS series that highlights the modern Native American experience in the US.

-Erika Anthony, Executive Director, Cleveland VOTES
-Kayla Griffin, President, Cleveland NAACP & Ohio State Director of All Voting Is Local
-Pam Belgarde, Producer, Providence Pictures
-Charles "Boots" Kennedye, Producer/Director, Providence Pictures
-Aaron Yazzie, Mechanical Engineer, NASA
-Cynthia Connolly, Director of Programming, City Club of Cleveland

Watch the episode in the player below.

Rachel is the supervising producer for Ideastream Public Media’s morning public affairs show, the “Sound of Ideas.”